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Jobs of the future: The role of soft skills

The conversation around the skills required for jobs of the future continues to intensify. Whichever research or prediction you look at this inevitably includes a focus on skills like communication, problem solving, teamwork and many of the other so called soft skills.

With this in mind DeakinCo. commissioned the Soft skills for business success report by Deloitte Access Economics to highlight how digital disruption, globalisation and demographic shifts are shaping Australia’s future skill requirements. The report found soft-skill intensive jobs are projected to make up 63 per cent of Australia’s job market by 2030.

Studies also show that soft skills of employees contribute to higher revenue, productivity and profitability of companies.

We know technology, automation and globalisation is changing the jobs we do now and the skills required to do them. The need for soft skills like problem solving, critical thinking, communication, digital literacy and teamwork will intensify. And with the abundance of information, resources and development programs read accessible via the internet, we can quickly acquire new knowledge or skills.

So what does this mean?

The motivation and ability to develop new and existing skills is now on individuals. It has become an economic imperative for individuals to be lifelong learners. The employer’s contribution is to create a culture that supports and rewards self-motivated and empowered learning through providing a recognition and measurement system.

It is essential for professional development in the workplace to evolve to ensure continued performance now and in the future. The ways organisations recognise, develop and reward soft skills at work will be critical to this - and DeakinCo.’s micro-credentials are designed exactly for that.

Best regards

Simon Hann Chief Executive Officer


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